Welcome back, Maharanis! For the reception, held at and catered by Rasoi III, our South Asian bride Pooja wore a stunning aqua and violet lengha from Ohm the Origin. The amazing Mansi from Makeup By Mansi created a beautiful berry-colored makeup look for our Maharani which went well with her lengha, dance outfit and fabulous mehndi by Bridal Henna Artist! We love the portraits Fotobuddy Photography took of the newlyweds, capturing their lively personalities! The couple also showed off their moves on the dancefloor, where Dhoom Events Indian Wedding DJ matched their mood with the perfect high energy songs! The decor was various shades of blue with bright pops of pink and white, and featured ocean-inspired details, and ChocaL8kiss Bakery created an adorable pink and blue wedding cake to go with the theme! For the rest of the reception, visit the full gallery!
Maharani Pooja on her first dance:
"We decided to surprise our guests with a slow dance that breaks out into a hip hop and reggae dance routine. I edited the song as though the DJ suddenly interrupted our first dance song with some party music and we even reacted as such. The dance was probably my favorite part of the wedding and reception night because of how much time we spent choreographing and practicing it, and it was wonderful to see how pumped up our guests were!"
On her magical wedding look:
"I like to call my wedding hair and makeup stylist (Makeup by Mansi) my fairy godmother because she completely transformed me! I'm usually not good with wearing makeup or fussing over my hair so I was not expecting the reflection I saw when I looked in the mirror that day after she was done with me! I had again used Pinterest and the Internet to find a few styles I liked. After booking a trial with Mansi, I met with her and she patiently talked with me about the different styles and what would work with my outfits and face. We used the look she created on me during the trial for my reception look and I asked her to recreate a style similar to one I found on her Facebook page for my wedding look. I actually felt gorgeous!"
On how her family and friends helped:
"A few of my best friends were really helpful with the event. One of them is an art director/graphic designer and her wedding gift to us was to create our save the dates and invitations. She created a mock IMDb page for our save the dates (as seen here) and designed beautiful print and web versions of our invitations that looked amazing! She and another of my friends helped me with putting together the centerpieces (we did these ourselves) and my other friend put together the entire guestbook table that featured our 'guestbooks' for guests to make the choice of either signing Jenga pieces or filling out Mad Libs advice cards. Several family members helped out to make sure other details were attended to so that Kunick and I didn't have to do as much running around."
On her favorite wedding details:
"There were so many amazing details about the wedding that both of us were so thrilled with. Every vendor was wonderful to work with and we received so many compliments on the food, music, our looks, cake, etc. I think one detail that we are still hearing about from our guests are the wedding magazines we created ourselves. We really wanted to make sure the guests had fun and that the event was catered to them. Many of the guests were not Indian and some were bringing along their children, so we decided to create a wedding magazine to keep them occupied and/or to help guide them in case they were lost during the ceremony. Some of the features included were articles about us, a few short stories we each wrote, messages from our family, and games. We had no idea they would be such a big hit and people are asking us to start a new business now as well!"
See you on Monday for more Indian wedding magic!